The baby room race: Moscow scientist promises to ensure that the first child born in the room is Russian – but admits that she has trouble finding volunteers for the project
- Dr. Irina Ogneva, from the Russian Academy of Sciences, revealed the ambition
- She said that Moscow wants the first baby born in space to be Russian, because the land & # 39; has always been the first in space & # 39;
- She did not say whether the child would be conceived as well as born in orbit
- She also admits that there have been no volunteers for the project so far
Moscow aspires to be the first baby born in space to be Russian, a top scientist has revealed.
Dr. Irina Ogneva, head of cell biophysics lab at the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, revealed the ambition this week.
& # 39; We have always been the first in space and want the first person born in space to be a citizen of Russia, & # 39; she said.
Dr. Irina Ogneva, working at the Russian Academy of Sciences, says that Moscow strives to have the first baby born in space
But she admitted that Russian cosmonauts have so far refused to donate sperm obtained in space for scientific research.
Dr. Ogneva has not made clear whether she expects the first space giant to be both conceived and born in orbit.
When a baby was born in orbit, she said: & We must take care of the person and not patriotic populism as the cornerstone.
& # 39; The most important thing is not to be born (for the baby), but (for the child) to be born healthy.
& # 39; And in that sense, we are undoubtedly competitive because we are in the lead in many studies. & # 39;
The leading scientist said: & # 39; It is too early to set a goal, but it can be set as a goal. & # 39;
And she admitted: & # 39; From a scientific point of view, the birth of a mammal in space is a goal that can be achieved.
Dr. Ogneva said she is struggling to find sperm donors for the project among male astronauts (file image). She did not specify whether the baby would also be conceived in the room
& # 39; From a moral and ethical point of view, this is an experiment and experimenting with human embryos & # 39; s. & # 39;
Regarding the lack of sperm samples from space, Dr. Ogneva has admitted that Russian astronauts at the International Space Station have refused to cooperate.
& # 39; We cannot perform such a & # 39; n routine procedure as cosmonauts giving sperm, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; We constantly encounter moral, psychological and ethical obstacles.
& # 39; There are no volunteers among cosmonauts. & # 39;
Requests to give samples are & # 39; with a smile and disapproval & # 39; she said.
Another senior researcher Lyubov Serova from the same institute – who is closely involved in space work – said: “Development of a mammalian fetus during a space flight is possible.
& # 39; It is therefore possible to carry and give birth to a healthy child on a space flight.
& # 39; From a medical point of view, it is not a major problem. & # 39;
However, some experts have warned of high radiation that a fetus could catch during a nine-month flight.
There are no known cases of sex in the weightless conditions of space so far.
Russia already has the first & # 39; space baby & # 39; honored – named Elena – after she was born in the cosmonauts Andriyan Nikolayev and Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space
But the Soviet authorities in the 1960s marked the birth of a girl who was then the & # 39; first space baby & # 39; was named.
Her parents were two cosmonauts Andriyan Nikolayev and Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.
The couple married at the Moscow Wedding Palace with the present leader of the Kremlin, Nikita Khrushchev.
Their baby Elena was born about a year after Tereshkova's solo space flight on Vostok 6.
There was a burst of publicity after her birth on June 8, 1964.
Later her image was probably used on a Soviet chocolate bar called Alyonka, which is still being produced.
Despite rumors to the country, Elena grew healthily and later went to work for Aeroflot.
A note on the institute's site was: & # 39; So when do we have experiments with sex in space? The whole world is waiting. How are things going?
& # 39; Yes, it is a delicate subject. But we cannot avoid it. Let Russia be the pioneer. & # 39;
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